Like James Comey or not, his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee was concise and clear.
Former FBI Director James Comey described:
- A one-on-one dinner with the President
- The President’s request for “loyalty”
- The President’s repeated inquiries whether he himself was under investigation (Comey assured the President that he wasn’t on three separate occasions.)
- The President’s “hope” that the FBI investigation of Gen. Flynn will go away because Flynn “is a good guy”.
- Comey’s request to not be left alone with the President, again
- and more
James Comey was fired by the President having failed to pledge “loyalty” to the President (above his commitment to impartiality and justice) or drop the investigation of Gen. Flynn as requested by the President. (The firing appears to be a punitive action, at best or an act of retaliation, at worst.)
Immediately after the firing of Comey, President Trump met with two Russian representatives and shared with them his relief clearly assuming that once Comey is gone so will be the investigation of Gen. Flynn.
While questioning James Comey, Senator Rubio emphasized that the President used the word “hope” but didn’t outright demand that the FBI seizes to investigate Gen. Flynn. The word “hope” is innocent when used by an equal. It becomes a demand, order or directive when used by a person in a superior position: when a parent, teacher, boss (or a President!) “hopes”, the “hope” becomes an order, we all know that.
Former FBI Director James Comey showed remarkable courage and integrity during his testimony. Now is the Senate’s turn. Will the Senate match his courage and integrity?
Murder, theft, fraud or obstruction of justice is inappropriate, IN ADDITION to being illegal. We don’t excuse criminal acts by admonishing offenders for their “inappropriate” behavior, criminal acts are prosecuted in accordance with the United States penal code.
According to legal experts however President Trump’s actions may have been inappropriate but not illegal. Vindictiveness, impropriety, lying, asking the FBI Director for “loyalty” and even attempting to influence an open FBI investigation is legally sound and socially acceptable, provided – of course! – you are the President.
James Comey’s testimony doesn’t provide sufficient legal grounds for the impeachment of President Trump. According to legal experts, we can trust President Trump with our lives, the future of our children and our Country.
Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich